CM Podcast 291 – Reckless (Comic OGN 2020)

Taken from the Image Comics website:

Sex, drugs, and murder in 1980s Los Angeles, and the best new twist on paperback pulp heroes since The Punisher or Jack Reacher.

ED BRUBAKER and SEAN PHILLIPS, the modern masters of crime noir, bring us the last thing anyone expected from them—a good guy. A bold new series of original graphic novels, with three books releasing over the next year, each a full-length story that stands on its own.

Meet Ethan Reckless: Your trouble is his business, for the right price. But when a fugitive from his radical student days reaches out for help, Ethan must face the only thing he fears…his own past.

I purchased Reckless this past Wednesday and devoured it like a dog with a t-bone steak. Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (with Jacob Phillips on colors) put out another fantastic read set in the Criminal Universe.

With help from my long time friend, Hector (who never reads comics), I give a spoiler free review to try can convince Hector that he should consider picking up this comic. I get Hector to judge a book by it’s cover – he looks at the above cover art and tells me what he believes will be in the comic.

Also in the podcast, I explain the connection between Folk singer, Bob Dylan, The Weather Underground – a 60s and 70s domestic terrorist group, Nuclear Existential Dread and The A-Team have to do with this comic.

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CM Podcast 276 – Pulp (2020 comic)

This week we are talking about an original graphic novel that came out about a month ago that is part western and part crime drama. It is called Pulp.

This fantastic story was written by Ed Brubaker with art by Sean Phillips and coloring by Jacob Phillips. It was published by Image comics.

Here is the description from the Image website:

Max Winters, a pulp writer in 1930s New York, finds himself drawn into a story not unlike the tales he churns out at five cents a word—tales of a Wild West outlaw dispensing justice with a six-gun. But will Max be able to do the same when pursued by bank robbers, Nazi spies, and enemies from his past?One part thriller, one part meditation on a life of violence, PULP is unlike anything award-winning BRUBAKER & PHILLIPS have ever done before.

cover of Pulp

Jon and I really liked this story and we talk about it and other themes like: living through the Turn-Of-The-Century – witness the world change from riding on horses to riding in cars. Comic creators and their rights on the characters that they create – we go over some real comic history, and finally the rise of fascism in America – in the 1930s, some Americans thought Hitler was a great leader. How could so many people be so wrong?

Some spoilers in the podcast but we recommend you go buy the comic and come back to listen to the podcast.

Jim

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